Thailand ready to step in for Philippines as 2019 SEA Games host

first_imgOlympic Committee of Thailand (OCT) secretary-general Charouck Arirachakaran said Monday that the Kingdom has the capacity and infrastructure to host the Southeast Asian Games in 2019, if the Philippines pulls out and other countries in the region fail to step in.The Kingdom would be ready to take over the organization of the Games if the Philippines officially withdraws from hosting the 30th Games, he said.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ “Thailand have the potential to host the Games within a span of two years. Besides, the Games doesn’t require an athletes village,” Charouck said during the OCT executive board meeting Monday.“We have provinces such as Chiang Mai and Chon Buri, which have enough competition venues and can accommodate a large number of athletes,” said the OCT official.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Last moth the Philippines said it is dropping the hosting of the 30th SEA Games to be held in Davao City in 2019 to re-channel government resources in favor of the rehabilitation efforts for the beleaguered city of Marawi.However, Charouck said the Philippines must make its withdrawal official during the SEA Games Federation Council meeting on August 17-18 in Kuala Lumpur. Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Teen gunned down in Masbate EAC escapes Arellano to claim solo third in NCAA MOST READ Vietnam and Cambodia, who are the hosts of the 2021 and 2023 editions, need to make a decision to take charge of the 30th edition. If the two nations refuse, Thailand as the next country in alphabetical order will take the place of the Philippines.Charouck said the OCT would step forward only if the Thai government gives the nod.Meanwhile, a few members of the Thai delegation will pay a courtesy call on Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha at the government house this morning before embarking on their trip to Malaysia. Around 404 athletes will take part in the SEA Games, which starts on August 19.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ LATEST STORIES 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stingslast_img read more

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Ebola: Fixing the Fear Factor

first_imgDr. Wilhemina Jallah, Founder and Executive Director of the Hope for Women (HFW) Clinic, was baffled when she called the Daily Observer on Monday in an effort to dispel rumors that she was Ebola-positive. “I can’t see how anyone could have carried such a rumor,” she said, with recollections of the rumor rousing her ire.  “Some people even thought I was dead, but I am healthy and moving around.  As a medical professional, if I feel I have it, I would report, not spread it around.  But the main problem is that this rumor is scaring the families of the nurses who work here.  People are telling the family members of our nurses to stay home for 21 days because they claim our nurses are ‘exposed to Ebola patients’.”As the rumor went viral over the Independence Day weekend and shocked most who heard it, many were caught between feelings of fear and surprise, especially following the death of Dr. Samuel Brisbane, who practiced general medicine for nearly 50 years and succumbed to the Ebola virus.  Then there is the American doctor working with Samaritan’s Purse as head of the ELWA Hospital ebola unit, Kent Brant, who tested positive and is currently in isolation and undergoing treatment. “Dr. Jallah, too?” a woman who subscribes to the HFW Clinic commented in a bewildered tone, but then retorted a defiant “You damn lie!” to the man who conveyed the rumor. The news of many health workers including senior medical personnel working in Liberia who have tested positive for, or become casualties of the Ebola virus, is no doubt alarming to the Liberian public and contributing to widespread fear.  Many patients who would otherwise seek treatment from a health center of any scale, now find themselves wary of professional medical treatment and health workers in Lofa, Montserrado, Bong and Bomi counties where, according to statistics from the Ministry of Health, the infection rates – in that order – are highest. In Montserrado County, the Redemption Hospital has been overwhelmed with numerous suspected Ebola cases, which include patients, nurses and doctors.  Last week, the hospital was the scene of an angry mob of hundreds of people demanding the body of a pregnant woman who had died there showing symptoms of Ebola. Authorities at the facility were forced to lock themselves in and request police backup.  In Bong County, the Phebe and C. B. Dunbar Maternity Hospitals have been abandoned by health workers who say they will not return to work without protective equipment, Daily Observer Bong County correspondent Marcus Malayea reported. Up to Tuesday, July 29, security officers at Dunbar Maternity were seen turning away pregnant women who showed up expecting neonatal care.Also, the government hospital in Tubmanburg, Bomi County was reported abandoned in the wake of the Ebola-positive diagnosis of the entire family of Mr. Sando Sirleaf, a top healthcare official of that county.  Health workers and patients alike have since abandoned that hospital in fear and for lack of protective gear.  Sirleaf’s son, Sando, Jr., who is also a health worker and heads the Gayah Hill Health Center, tested positive.   Sick, scared, skepticalThis is not good news.  The Daily Observer fielded a question on Facebook about whether anyone in Liberia in need of medical help would seek treatment at any hospital here, given the prevailing situation.  The general consensus was a resounding ‘NO’, because of safety concerns, or who to trust. One respondent aptly said: “When healthcare workers and disease control experts cannot protect themselves, it is not reasonable to expect the public to have confidence in seeking relief from health care facilities.”Another with a dissenting view asked, “If you fell victim to Ebola would you have a choice of hospital?”Rev. John Sumo, Director for Health Promotion at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, believes the fear and skepticism comes from misconceptions about the Ebola virus and how suspected and positive cases should be handled. According to him, if it isn’t the fearsome perception of certain death that keeps suspected ebola patients away, it might also be the stigma behind the very terminology such as ‘isolation’ or ‘quarantine’, used by health workers in their treatment of ebola related cases.  “So we have renamed the isolation areas as ‘treatment units’,” Sumo explains, “because even though we have to contain the ebola cases, they are still getting the proper care from doctors and health workers.”Another major challenge in responding to ebola cases is the burial of infected persons who have expired. “Someone who has died from Ebola must be buried immediately,” Sumo says.  “Yet some families are defiant and make away with the infected corpse and before we can find them, they have washed and dressed it for a traditional burial.  We know that bagging the body goes against our normal way of burying the dead in Liberia, but a traditional burial is also a key way to spread the virus, especially since washing the corpse puts people in contact with the contaminated fluids that come from it.”  And as if that weren’t enough, Sumo agrees one cannot ignore the allegations of ebola infected corpses being stripped of kidneys, hearts and other organs before burial. Dr. Bernice Dahn, Liberia’s Chief Medical Officer, asserted earlier this week that “people are just afraid” and are “making the wrong decisions by refusing to go to the health facilities.”Granted, but where else should sick people go?Managing the messageThe National Task Force on Ebola set up by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf over the weekend has mandated the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) to create the awareness strategy to educate the public on what Ebola is; the window of opportunity to treat infected patients; and how to prevent contact with the virus altogether.Many Liberians are still poorly informed about the pre-symptom window of opportunity through which an infection can be successfully treated. The general understanding among ordinary people is that, “if you have Ebola, you will die.”   But according to the latest Situation Report (July 28, 2014) released by the Ministry of Health, out of 40 cases that were quarantined in treatment units, 4 have been discharged –a survival rate of 10%, which resonates with established Ebola research data.  And out of 352 cumulative (suspected, probable and confirmed) cases, 95 were actually confirmed Ebola positive.  Therefore, if more suspected and probable cases get tested early enough, the survival rate could increase.  Sadly enough, however, these numbers do not include the countless unreported cases that result in deaths which in turn perpetuate contamination among families and communities.In a meeting with media executives at MICAT on Tuesday, July 29, there was a general consensus from the media to partner with government regarding public awareness toward fighting Ebola.  And though Ministry officials took technical suggestions on the way forward, the challenge is to craft messages that can address the psychological effects of the current public perceptions (and misperceptions) about Ebola. For the messages to be effective, the hospitals and health centers that were shut down or abandoned will have to be sanitized, re-opened re-staffed with doctors and nurses; and replenished with sufficient protective equipment.  These measures would to prove to patients that the Government of Liberia, in all its efforts to address this dreadful Ebola outbreak, means business.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Sherman’s Bank Statement Debate in Court Again

first_imgThe argument as to whether or not to allow the Special Presidential Taskforce that is investigating the alleged Global Witness bribery scandal access to several bank accounts of defendants, including Senator Varney Sherman of Grand Cape Mount County, was yesterday entertained at Criminal Court C.In May of this year, then Judge Boima Kontoe of Criminal Court ‘A’ that indicted Sherman and other co-defendants granted a writ of subpoena ‘Duces Tesum’ authorizing banking institutions to release the defendants’ bank statements to prosecutors.Unfortunately, that judgment was appealed to the Supreme Court. As a result the case was transferred to Criminal Court ‘C’ for its determination.However, Judge Yamie Gbeisay of Criminal Court ‘C’ heard the case but postponed his judgment.Yesterday’s hearing came after Judge Gbeisay gave prosecution lawyers ten (10) days to either produce evidence in their possession to the defendants or risk the case being dismissed.Prosecutors had demanded that they could not make the evidence available to the court unless they had access to the defendants’ bank statements.Global Witness had alleged in its reports that over US$950,000 in bribes and other suspicious payments were made to top government officials by UK mining firm Sable Mining and its Liberian lawyer, Cllr. Varney Sherman.GW alleged that the money received from Sable’s representatives was meant to create a loophole in the Public Procurement and Concessions Law, which would have increased the mining company’s chances for securing the coveted Wologizi iron ore concession without submitting to a competitive bid. In counter argument Sherman’s’ lawyers asked the court to deny the prosecutors’ application because “it was inconsistent with the governing principle of the civil and criminal procedural law.”They further argued that the writ had not been served on them so as to afford the defendants the opportunity to object to the request. ”Neither was there any action that was pending before Criminal Court ‘A’ which would serve as a basis for the issuance of the writ,” Sherman’s legal team argued.Besides Cllr. Sherman, others whose United States dollar bank statements are expected to be disclosed include Sherman & Sherman Inc, Sable Mining, Western Cluster, Delta Mining Consolidated (Pty) Limited and West Africa Exploration.Others include: Senator Morris Saytumah of Bomi County; Sumo Kupee, Managing Director of the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC); Cletus Wotorson, former Senator of Grand Kru County; Former Speaker Alex Tyler; Rep. Henry Fahnbulleh; as well as the Chairman of thePublic Procurement Concession Commission (PPCC), Willie Belleh, and former National Investment Commission (NIC), Richard Tolbert.The banking institutions that are expected to produce the statements if Judge Gbeisay supports his colleague Judge Kontoe, are International Bank (Liberia) Limited, Ecobank Liberia Limited, Guaranty Trust Bank Liberia Limited and Global Bank Liberia Limited.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Guyana’s 2019 gold declarations surpass 2018 target

first_img– foreign revenue simultaneously increased 11.81%The Natural Resources Ministry on Tuesday announced that gold declarations for 2019 stand at 634,905 ounces when compared to 616,223 ounces in 2018. The Ministry in a release stated that of the declarants, Guyana Goldfields and Troy Resources stand as two large-scale investors which, despite severe challenges and constraints, managed to have reasonably good production.Correspondingly, Licensed Gold Dealers who purchase from small and medium-scale gold miners contributed approximately 57.69 per cent of actual declarations. These include Eldorado Mining and Mohamed’s Enterprises.Further, the Ministry noted that the revenue earned by the Guyana Gold Board, on behalf of the Government of Guyana, has also increased.“For 2019, this has amounted to US$111,971,234.84, equivalent to 79,702.849 ounces. This exceeds the revenue earned in 2018 (US$100,143,596.40) by US$11,827,638.44 (11.81 per cent).”As such, the Natural Resources Ministry commended the miners who made declarations despite the many challenges and constraints faced in the industry.The MNR also acknowledged the efforts and responsible conduct of the declarants and commended the Board of Directors and staff of the Guyana Gold Board who have been key facilitators of this process.“As the year 2020 progresses, it is hoped that the practice of increasing these declarations continues through the recommended and accepted processes,” a release from the Ministry stated.In addition, the release further highlighted that the Ministry recognises mining as a critical component of the Guyanese economy and as such, the Government will continue to promote the growth of the sector in the most sustainable way by providing regulatory, fiscal and infrastructural support to aid miners in their worthwhile endeavours.last_img read more

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Football fan cop rescued rival team member in Chapecoense crash

first_img0Shares0000Colombian police officer Marlon Lengua found the last survivor of a 2016 plane crash that claimed the lives of 71 people, among them 19 players from the Chapecoense Football Club © AFP / Joaquin SARMIENTOMEDELLIN, Colombia, Nov 28 – For Colombian policeman Marlon Lengua, Brazilian football club Chapecoense was once just a hated rival in the 2016 regional championships.But one night last year, the police lieutenant found himself up a mountain pulling Chapeco soccer player Helio Neto out of the wreckage of a crashed plane, saving his life. It had been just a month since 24-year-old Lengua’s beloved Junior de Barranquilla team had been knocked out of the Copa Sudamericana by Chapecoense, an upstart from southern Brazil.“Maybe I cursed him and said all sorts of things,” Lengua told AFP.Just before 10:30 pm on November 28, Lengua was finishing his shift in La Ceja when he got the call that a plane had gone down in nearby Cerro El Gordo.It was the plane flying the Chapecoense Football Club to Medellin to take on Atletico Nacional in the Copa finals — the biggest and most unexpected game in the Brazilian team’s history.When the plane ran out of fuel and went down in inhospitable mountains near its destination, 71 of the 77 aboard died, including 19 players.Lengua was one of those who rushed to the scene.“I gave body and soul to try and help them,” he said.– ‘One more!’ –Lengua’s heroics became famous, earning him the title of the “Green Angel,” alongside a 15-year-old volunteer dubbed the “Boy Angel,” thanks to a documentary called “The Last Survivor,” which was made by another Colombian policeman.It seemed that no one could live through the hell of a plane plunging out of the sky into a hillside, but a handful did and Lengua found the last one — the Chapecoense defender Neto.Lengua first heard faint groans, then saw something “inflating.” It was Neto’s chest, covered in branches, still breathing.The player was “totally destroyed” and his body was almost impossible to access.“I found one more alive, come quickly!” Lengua remembers calling into his radio. He asked for a machete so that they could cut away the undergrowth.In the rain, the hillside became a muddy nightmare, and the policeman and his companions fought for hours before finally managing to extricate the Brazilian.The 31-year-old athlete slipped into a coma lasting 11 days. But the next time Lengua went to visit him in hospital, Neto was already looking much better.“You saved me, thank you very much,” the player said, prompting the policeman to break into tears.A year later, “it’s good with Helio, we keep in touch, but with his mother it’s even better,” Lengua said.In fact, Neto’s mother Valeria Zampier sends him blessings by WhatsApp every start and finish to the day.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Cerritos auto ed to get a jump

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“This is a partnership that will have a truly positive effect on all students, both at the high school and college levels,” he added. The institute now enrolls students from the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District and the ABC Unified School Districts, as well as from the Southeast Regional Occupational Program. The new funding will allow the college to extend the program to other high schools and ROPs, said Randy Peebles, dean of Cerritos’ technology and business division. “We’ll be able to enroll an additional 65 students per program year, and we also will be able to expand curriculum for teaching about alternative fuels,” he said. It is a career opportunity high school students with an interest in cars should not pass up, advised Albert De La Cruz, 17, a senior at Glenn High School in Norwalk and a student in the program. “Not a lot of students get the hands-on experience with cars that I’ve had here, and not a lot of schools have auto mechanics programs at their campuses anymore,” he said. “I am very lucky.” He said he plans to attend Cerritos after graduating, earn a degree in automotive repair “and jump right into the auto industry and start making money.” According to 2004 statistics – the most recent available – from the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, the middle half of all automotive service technicians earned between $11.31 an hour and $20.75 an hour. The highest-paid 10 percent earned more than $26.22 an hour. For more information about Cerritos College’s program, call (562) 860-2451 or visit www.cerritos.edu. tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORWALK – Cerritos College has received nearly a half-million dollars from the state to provide automotive repair training to area high school students. It is one of seven colleges in California to receive the grant. The $450,000 Quick Start Partnership In Advanced Transportation grant, awarded by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office, will allow Cerritos to expand its Automotive Career Institute, where high school students are trained in auto repair and advanced transportation technology. The college created the institute as a way to entice high school students with an eye toward automotive careers to use Cerritos College as a pipeline into the auto industry, said Bill Farmer, vice president of academic affairs. “By providing parents and students with connections to high schools that offer automotive technology, we will be able to build program strength and give students a path for career interest,” he said. last_img read more

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Everton confirm signing of Kurt Zouma on season-long loan

first_img Latest Transfer News IN DEMAND targets The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star LIVING THE DREAM targets Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Kurt Zouma has joined Everton on a season-long loan deal, the Premier League club has confirmed. Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland REVEALED Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ moving on Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father LATEST | Defender @KurtZouma joins #EFC on a season-long loan from @ChelseaFC.More ➡️ https://t.co/JdHLN6iDpN pic.twitter.com/IzIHxBTahN— Everton (@Everton) August 10, 2018The Frenchman, whose parent club is Chelsea, is the Toffees’ seventh signing of the summer transfer window following Brazil midfielder Bernard, Barcelona trio Yerry Mina, Andre Gomes and Lucas Digne as well as ex-Watford star Richarlison and Joao Virginia at Goodison Park.The Toffees filed a deal sheet for the last-minute transfer prior to yesterday’s 5pm deadline and so are allowed extra time to dot the ‘i’s and cross the ‘t’s.Zouma, 23, moved to Chelsea in 2014 and won the League Cup with the club in 2015.He will wear the no.5 shirt for Everton. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti RANKED Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summerlast_img read more

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BRILLIANT DONEGAL PIANIST IS IRELAND’S BEST

first_imgSHE comes from one of Co Donegal’s most famous families – and now Nadene Fiorentini has spread that fame a great deal wider after being named Ireland’s best pianist.The 23-year-old from Greencastle is from an Irish-Italian family renowned for its delicious ice-cream and glorious fish and chips.Nadene represented her country this week at the 25th International Dublin Piano Competition – one of the top five contests in the world. And although she failed to make to the latter stages of the event, she was the best placed Irish pianist.That honour came with a great prize – the chance to continue her studies.“I won the 2012 competition’s Brennan Prize, and the McCullough bursary, which supports me in further studies and funds the recording of a CD. The prize is awarded to the best-placed Irish participant,” said Nadene.“I’m just so proud to represent my country and I’m happy for my teachers. “Being able to perform in front of these prestigious judges. When my name was announced that I’d be going through to the second round, I was over the moon. When I played, I just tried my best to enjoy it.”Nadene was first taught how to play by her great aunt Giovanna Fiorentini at her home in Greencastle, Co Donegal.Her grandfather, Ignatius Fiorentini, had moved from Italy to Derry at the age of 11 – later setting up an Italian ice cream and fish and chip shop – with an outlet in Moville.The former Cardonagh Community School completed all grades in piano before going to do a degree in musical performance followed by a masters in the subject with the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin. BRILLIANT DONEGAL PIANIST IS IRELAND’S BEST was last modified: May 15th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BRILLIANT DONEGAL PIANIST IS IRELAND’S BESTnadene fiorentinilast_img read more

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ONE WEEK UNTIL SPECTACULAR WEDDING FAYRE AT RADISSON BLU LETTERKENNY

first_img     At the Wedding Fayre, guests can enjoy complimentary sparkling wine and canapés from the AA Rosette in Culinary Excellence award winning chefs, whilst viewing products and services offered by the industry experts of the North West.From bespoke invitations and music services to hot towel shaves and HD brows, the Radisson Blu have you covered for every aspect of your big day! We guarantee this is an event not to be missed for couples looking to get married in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Wedding coordinators and hotel management will be on hand to guide you through all stages of your special day and to answer any questions you have.With only one wedding per day and fantastic wedding packages on offer, the hotel showcases to you the stunning Carnegie Suite and Secret Garden to complete your dream day, making the Radisson Blu the ultimate choice when choosing your special four star venue. For further details call 074 919 4444 to speak with one of our experienced & dedicated banqueting team.For exhibitor queries, please email: christine.mcbride@radissonblu.comONE WEEK UNTIL SPECTACULAR WEDDING FAYRE AT RADISSON BLU LETTERKENNY was last modified: July 13th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalRadisson Hotelwedding fayre The countdown is on for next Sunday, the 19th of July, when the 4* Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny will be hosting their Wedding Fayre involving the top North West suppliers showcasing the latest trends for 2016 and 2017 weddings.All are invited from 2pm to 5pm as the hotel showcase the stunning Carnegie Suite as the ideal wedding venue in the North West of Ireland, along with all you will need to complete your Magical Wedding Day. last_img read more

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Another Human Distinctive: Lying

first_imgHere’s another evolutionary conundrum: animals usually don’t tell lies.  Why is lying such a well-documented human trait, but rare in the animal kingdom?  Animals signal their own and their enemies in many complex ways.  It would seem that lying would have evolved as a useful strategy many times in the animal kingdom, yet apparently it has not.  In a book review of Animal Signals by John Maynard Smith and David Harper (Oxford, 2003) published in the April 23 issue of Science,1 Nils Stenseth and Glenn-Peter S�tre describe the puzzle:A central problem for evolutionary biologists interested in animal communication is to explain why animal signalers generally are truthful.  A male nightingale advertising for a mate reliably signals properties of his qualities through his beautiful song.  By dressing in screaming black and yellow colors, the wasp reliably warns approaching predators (and us) of her painful sting.  The trivial answer to the honesty problem is that it would not pay animals to respond to a signal unless they by and large benefited.  If wasps never stung, no one would bother to notice their striking colors.  The color pattern would cease to be a signal.  However, the more interesting question–the main theme of John Maynard Smith and David Harper’s Animal Signals–is what keeps signalers from cheating?  What prevents, say, a poor-quality male nightingale from claiming that he is of higher quality than he actually is?It’s not that evolutionists never thought about this before.  One explanation, for instance, is called the handicap theory: “signals are reliable because they are costly to produce or have costly consequences.”  Ideas about indices vs. amplifiers and evolving signals vs. equilibrium signals are discussed in the review, along with this puzzler:The problem of honest signaling seems especially challenging to our intuition when we consider contests, situations in which the contestants prefer different outcomes.  In their chapter on signaling during contests, Maynard Smith and Harper explore some consequences of the contestantsְ shared interest in avoiding an escalated fight.  They discuss badges of status, minimal-cost signals that indicate need, and aspects such as extended interactions, punishment, and the effects of the divisibility of a resource.All this seems to beg the question of why humans are such inveterate liars, if their behavior evolved, too.  The authors provide some “suggestions” –In the final chapter, the authors discuss signaling in primates and some other social vertebrates.  Here we find several topics that border on other fields such as psychology and the evolution of language.  The chapter provides some of the book’s most entertaining examples and most thought-provoking suggestions.  These include the evolution, through natural selection, of animal signaling into human language; that is, the transition in our past where genetic change was eclipsed by cultural change and history began.With that tantalizing impression, they leave us hanging; the reviewers probably expect us to buy the book to hear the suggestions.  Are they suggesting that cultural change and history do not evolve by natural selection?1Nils Chr. Stenseth and Glenn-Peter S�tre, “Behavioral Ecology: Why Animals Don’t Lie,” Science, Vol 304, Issue 5670, 519-520, 23 April 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1097384].Interesting that they do not mention mimicry, which seems to be a form of deceit: “don’t eat me–I’m a stick!”  But mimicry is not really lying.  The animal can’t help the way it was born.  Anyway, in terms of vocalizations or behavioral traits, it is striking that animals don’t lie to each other like humans do, except in The Far Side comic strips.    So here again, another phenomenon is found that seems counterintuitive to evolutionary expectations, and Darwinians are left employing just-so stories to explain it.  How many exceptions to the rule are required before the rules must be changed?    With glittering generalities, evolutionists exercise their fertile imaginations to dream of monkey screeches evolving into Shakespearean soliloquies.  Prove it, we say.  Interestingly, though human beings can be shown to all have a single genetic ancestor (like Adam), their languages cannot.  Dr. Joseph Kickasola, a linguist at Regent University, has shown that all the thousands of human languages and dialects can be reduced to 17 families, but no further.  Could this fact be an echo of Babel?    The cynic says, “Everybody lies, but it doesn’t matter, because nobody listens.”  What if enough people stop listening to Darwinian just-so stories?  After all, it is a form of deceit to pretend to have an answer when you don’t.  It would be more honest for a naturalistic researcher to say, “I don’t know why humans are liars but animals are not.”  Maybe this and maybe that doesn’t cut it in science.  This is an area where science is limited, but there are other sources of information, such as history and eyewitnesses.    The One who cannot lie told us about a father of lies, the devil, who was a liar from the beginning, and that it is not surprising that his followers would follow in his ways.  He also commanded us not to bear false witness, and warned that all liars shall have their part in the lake of fire.  If you don’t like to hear such things, don’t ignore the credibility of the source of that information.  Don’t lie to yourself.    Postscript: Science Now reported a week ago that John Maynard Smith, co-author of the book Animal Signals and one who “revolutionized the way biologists think about behavioral evolution” died on April 19.  This is the fate to which we all are racing.  Are you ready?  Choose carefully whose words you trust.  At the end of your life, it will not matter how entertaining the just-so stories you told or believed.  But you can know the Truth, and the truth can set you free.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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